The Iceman
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Inspired by actual events, The Iceman follows notorious contract killer Richard Kuklinski (Academy Award (R) nominee Michael Shannon) from his early days in the mob until his arrest for the murder of more than 100 men. Appearing to be living the American dream as a devoted husband and father; in reality Kuklinski was a ruthless killer-for-hire. When finally arrested in 1986, neither his wife nor daughters have any clue about his real profession.(c) Millennium

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 66%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Even the always-watchable Shannon can't give much life to Kuklinski's two-dimensional presence: he's little more than a series of murders and pained looks."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"As the body count mounts, the movie begins to spin out of control, but Shannon and Vromen don't let it derail. Their focus keep things from melting down."
‑ Adam Graham, Detroit News
"Lack of originality and insipid screenwriting may soon be read as the autopsy of this actively tiresome genre."
‑ Sam Fragoso, Movie Mezzanine
"An exploitation film trapped in the stifling body of a respectable crime drama."
‑ Eric D. Snider,
"Ariel Vromen doesn't do so much in terms of the story (which spans 20 years, with corresponding hair fluctuations), but he seems to know his violence, and he's a true artiste when it comes to the queasy polyester ambience that holds this thing together."
‑ Chris Chang, Film Comment Magazine
"Shannon gets at his character's pent-up torment as well as his efficient disconnect. When his two worlds start to converge -- on his daughter's sweet 16th birthday, no less -- you feel for him."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"Michael Shannon is an overpowering actor, and in The Iceman, the best that he can do is wrestle the movie around him to a stalemate."
‑ Adam Nayman, Globe and Mail
"It's as though they were in a rush to get so much killing in that they forgot all of the important elements that would make us care. As a consequence, a fascinating story and character have been flattened and turned into a hurried mess."
‑ Jeff Beck,
"The Iceman rests on the power of one hell of a performance from Shannon, with this monster of an actor playing a monster of a man with frightening intensity."
‑ Matthew Pejkovic, Matt's Movie Reviews
"The film is able to capture its period setting, but the script is a collection of generic Mafia dialogue and cliched violent shootouts."
‑ Todd Jorgenson,
"A true-crime thriller directed with grit, gristle and punchy energy by Ariel Vromen, The Iceman is never less than fascinating, even if things get a little ham-fisted here and there."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"It's a fascinating subject - the beast that lurks inside the family man - but the movie blows it."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"'Big bad' with a side dish of bats--t crazy is the specialty of Michael Shannon, and so scarily good he is in mining this wheelhouse that one does not dare to complain about him repeating himself."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"The killings quickly begin to bleed into one another and it's sometimes hard to sort out the identities and roles of everyone involved."
‑ Jason Best, Movie Talk
"The Iceman is dark and gritty but there's not enough excitement or tension to really pull you in."
‑ Sam Bathe, Fan The Fire
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